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Upset Senators accuse Red Wings of diving

Nov 24, 2013, 9:52 AM EDT

Clarke MacArthur AP

The Ottawa Senators earned a 4-2 victory over Detroit last night, but it wasn’t easy. The Red Wings got three separate 5-on-3 penalties over the course of the game and both of their goals came with the man advantage.

While Ottawa Senators goaltender Robin Lehner thinks his team has to be a bit more disciplined, he also put a fair amount of the blame on the opposition.

“It’s tough on the (officials),” Lehner told the Ottawa Sun. “I don’t think it’s their fault. It’s like there was water out there with how much they were diving.”

Ottawa was charged with two tripping penalties and three hooking minors over the course of the game.

Senators forward Clarke MacArthur scored two goals, but was also charged for holding.

“I don’t know if their skate sharpener was broken over there or what? There was a couple where they went down pretty easy,” MacArthur said, according to the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch.

It’s worth adding that the Senators got an unusually high number of power plays too. Both teams were charged with 23 penalty minutes in a game where there was only one fight.

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Stop whining and win some games, ya babies

  2. hooockey - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    The Senators won the game.

  3. sensfanwill - Nov 24, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Just waiting for the Detroit Red Wings to change their name to the Detroit Divers.

    • sw19womble - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      When Alain Vigneault takes over, probably.

  4. LampyB - Nov 24, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    ^ you’re an idiot. Stop whining, you won the game bud.

  5. ghender590 - Nov 24, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    I wonder if Brendan Shanahan will do his JOB and suspend Jared Cowen for an elbow to the head of Pavel Datsyuk during last night’s game. Unfortunately for this Red Wings fan, Shanahan did nothing to Shea Weber for horse collaring Zetterberg and ramming his head into the boards last year during the playoffs. The $2,500 fine that Weber received was nothing! I realize that hockey is a contact sport, but an elbow to the head deserves a suspension.

    • upper90cheese - Nov 24, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      Shanaban wears his Wings sweater underneath his suit in his suspension videos.

    • thesportsjudge - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      The problem with paying a paltry(to most players) fine is it is in the book as that. The NHL really needs to update those fines. Shouldn’t be flat fines, it should be incremental percentage based fines.

  6. stakex - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Its funny, Ottawa had eight power plays and scored two power play goals of their own…. the same amount as Detroit. Now you’re telling me all those calls were honest and didn’t involve any embellishment at all? Get real.

    Its one thing to whine when there is a disproportionate amount of calls, or you lose because of cheap calls…. but when the calls were even, and you won the game, you shut your mouth and move on.

    • cambannedloinstache - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      I’m sorry but that’s ridiculous, the Canucks lost both series against Boston and LA yet the reputation lingers long after they’ve stopped. The point is that it’s a plague to the sport, it should be brought to attention and addressed. We can’t complain about the quality of reffing while simultaneously tolerating this crap.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Nov 24, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        When there is 16 penalties in a game, you usually do expect a little more blood.. or injuries.. or.. fans getting hit with their own shoes. I wasn’t watching live, but I was tracking on GameCenter, and I thought it was malfunctioning, or repeating (sometimes it double displays goals, penalties, shots, etc. 10 minutes later, or sometimes it just keeps replaying the same block of stats over and over until it catches up), but when I scrolled through and saw 16 separate penalties over 16 different time stamps, I honestly expected a riot broke out.

        Like I said, I’ve yet to see the whole game live. The only thing i can say is, with the Olympics coming up, and most names in the running already pretty much set in stone, maybe the rest of the players are hoping they can still make it in other sports, and are trying to impress the diving coaches. (I know its winter.. The joke was there, so I ran with it. Just groan with me and move on.)

  7. muckleflugga - Nov 24, 2013 at 5:47 PM


    i’ll be honest with you…

    i was not aware the senators had any fans outside the ottawa valley…why would they, anyone who saw them win a stanley cup has been dead for seventy years

    could there be a team with less corporate brand or recognition in the world of sport…other than the embarrassment of skategate, who’s heard of them or who cares…?

    look up the word bland in oxford english dictionary for higher learners, you’ll see pictures of eugene melnyk, bryan murray and the entire team in all its ordinary glory

    piss off ottawa

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